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Lt. Gov. Driscoll Addresses Builders

Lt. Governor Kim Driscoll recently addressed the members of the Home Builders and Remodelers Association at its Annual Installation and Awards Banquet held at the Sea Crest Beach Resort in North Falmouth.


Proponents Abandon Rent Control Ballot Question

An effort to place a local-option rent control law before voters has been abandoned by its proponents after they acknowledged they would be unable to collect the signatures of 74,574 registered voters by Wednesday, November 29, as required under the state Constitution.


HBRAMA Urges Support For Small House Lots

Arguing that Massachusetts needs to create smaller house lots that will enable builders to produce more attainable single-family homes, HBRAMA Government Affairs Chair Rob Brennan and HBRAMA Vice President Susan Kadilak testified recently before the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government in support of House Bill No. 3895, An Act relative to allowing redivision of merger lots in municipalities adopting net zero code.


State Revises Guidelines for MBTA Multi-family Zoning

The Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities (EOHLC) recently issued revisions to the guidelines that determine if an MBTA community is in compliance with the multi-family zoning mandate of the Zoning Act (G.L. c. 40A, § 3A).


Landmark Study on Net Zero Energy Code & Housing Affordability

Massachusetts must take bolder steps to solve the housing affordability crisis while simultaneously counteracting climate change, including new policies to rapidly boost construction of more energy-efficient, planet-friendly homes without pricing out the next generation of homebuyers. . .


More Municipalities Adopt Specialized Stretch Energy Code

Since becoming effective on December 28, 2022, increasing number of communities have moved to adopt the Municipal Opt-in Specialized Stretch Energy Code promulgated by the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) pursuant to the climate bill enacted by the Legislature in 2021.


AG issues Enforcement Advisory to Communities on MBTA Zoning Mandate

Responding to the pushback by some cities and towns to the MBTA Community multi-family zoning mandate in the Zoning Act, Attorney General Andrea Campbell recently issued an Enforcement Advisory to assist municipal officials and residents in understanding the requirements of the law.


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